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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Avery clears waivers

By Katie Strang

Sean Avery cleared waivers Saturday at noon and appears headed to the American Hockey League.

The Rangers have not officially assigned the 31-year-old winger to their minor-league affiliate team, the Connecticut Whale, but he is likely to be Hartford-bound for his second stint in the AHL this season.

Avery was also waived by the Rangers during the preseason. He played two games for the Whale before an injury to forward Mike Rupp prompted the team to place Avery on re-entry waivers and recall him.

The polarizing pest was scratched nine games straight before being waived Friday.